Definition of civilized
: characteristic of a state of civilization civilized society; especially : characterized by taste, refinement, or restraint
Examples of civilized in a Sentence
A civilized society must respond to crime with fairness and justice.
Stop yelling. We have to be more civilized about this.
Try to act like a civilized human being!
a civilized way to spend the evening
Recent Examples of civilized from the Web
At a very civilized dinner aboard one of the ships, at a table with two admirals and Maj.
The Democrats’ temporizing and hairsplitting had assumed a more civilized opponent, a less dangerous world.
Those courtly connections are brought out through some of the performances, as these uptight civilized people try to get their bearings in such uncharted wilderness.
Does a quest for health justify shelving the barriers of convention that have long been considered desirable by most civilized people?
Mica has one of the most civilized sound levels of any small BYOB, hovering around 80 decibels - or less.
But very often, history is not directed by civilized men.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has explained that this cause of action applies only to conduct that 'goes beyond all possible bounds of decency, and is regarded as atrocious, and utterly intolerable in a civilized community.'
White Center had the reputation of being just outside the boundary of the civilized world.
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First Known Use of civilized
CIVILIZED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of civilized for English Language Learners
: marked by well-organized laws and rules about how people behave with each other
: polite, reasonable, and respectful
: pleasant and comfortable
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